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Wenger: I am ready to extend Vermaelen contract

18:40 23 January 2014

Thomas Vermaelen. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Thomas Vermaelen. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Arsene Wenger admits he would like to extend the contract of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

The Gunners boss is also hopeful of extending the contracts of Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, while his own future has not yet been finalised.

The Belgium defender has found game time hard to come by this term as the partnership of Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has flourished.

Vermaelen is currently sidelined by a knee problem but Wenger said: “I have a high respect for his qualities and attitude and I am ready to extend his contract.

“We want Thomas Vermaelen to be happy and have the number of games a player of his class deserves.

“At the moment we are all on board for something this season that is respectable. At the end of the season I can sit down with Thomas and see what he thinks about it.”

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